Realist oil painter Lee Price paints self-portraits of herself from an overhead vantage point, primarily in bathrooms while eating junk food. Amazing.

 
 
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I have sworn to myself to not use the ALL CAP/SCREAMING method of typing. It just looks so ridiculous...but this case is different. YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS PLACE OUT!  Marukame Udon in Waikiki is so good, I want to scream it from the roof tops and do somersaults and marry it.
The restaurant is cafeteria-style. So you get in line at the door and wait to grab a tray and order from them limited (but insanely good) menu. All of the udon for the dishes are made fresh. Amy opted from the standard with dashi broth and egg. I had to pig out and order the curry udon and the cold udon with tempura.  After the udon station, there is a tempura bar and onigiri bar. Where if you look past the security glass into the tiny kitchen, you see two people frying their asses off.
As you can read by now, I was enamored with how good the food was. Amy and I both proclaimed this the best udon we've ever had. Simple as that....you have to go. It's easily the best meal we ate on our honeymoon and one of the cheapest.
 
 
Honestly, my first memories of Cleveland were a blur. Between moving continents at such a young age and generally being obtuse to the general world, I can't remember much. There is however, one movie scene - not even an entire movie, that I do remember. It's the silhouette fight scene from Forced Vengeance. While on a 45 minute hold today, I came across the picture above and a bunch of childhood memories came flooding back.

Anyways, I then found the scene on youtube. Check it out...it's pretty badass considering it's 30 years old. The music doesn't suck either. Oh, and I love Vitasoy.
Enjoy!
 
 
Ingredients
  • Waffle Maker
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup soda water
  • Non-stick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 cup thinly-cut strips of ham
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
  • Maple syrup
Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 300°. Heat waffle iron until very hot. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until medium-soft peaks form. Whisk egg yolks, melted butter, buttermilk, and soda water in a medium bowl; gradually whisk into dry ingredients. Fold in egg whites.
  • Coat waffle iron with non-stick vegetable oil spray. Pour batter onto iron, spreading it into corners (amount of batter needed will vary according to machine). Scatter 1 rounded Tbsp. ham and 1 Tbsp. white cheddar over each waffle. Cook until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a baking sheet; keep waffles warm in oven between batches. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.
 
 
Let's be real...Karl Lagerfeld is probaby one of the coolest people in the entire world. So when she decided to share her blog with me, I had to read every word. Amy and I are definitely Lee-Doty fans.
and Johnny's Burgers. I want to try this place sooooo bad!
 
 
i will unabashedly admit that i jack photos all the time from other people's sites. i also do try my best to mention where i get them from...but these amazing food pics have eluded me to their true master. Out of sheer coincidence, i was able to find What Katie Ate... and at first, i thought someone else was also really into these great pics. It took me scrolling through a few pages to come to the realization that this was the artist. Anyways...check out her blog. These are just a small collection of the great pics she has. (The recipes are very well thought out too.)

Enjoy.
 
 
One of my favorite sites for not over-the-top survivalist tips and ideas is WWW.THESURVIVALMOM.COM. It's chalked full of easy to use info and isn't a giant downer like some sites tend to be.
Lisa Bedford, who writes and edits the popular blog, features anything and everything you want to know about prepping for "what-ifs." Tips don't have to all deal with wtshtf-type scenarios, but practices that we can all use. Topics include:
  • Why paying off as much debt as possible is important.
  • How to stock up on several months' worth of food and supplies (cleaning supplies, over-the-counter medicines, shampoo, etc.).
  • Tips and ways to save money.
  • The importance of staying ahead on your utility bills.
A great site and definitely worth the time to check it out.
 
 
Shelf Reliance is a great website with lots of information on emergency preparedness, food rotation, survival kits and tools. One of the things i enjoy most about the page is the Emergency Kit Planner. You can enter the amount of people in your household, the conditions you are prepping for blizzard, terrorist attack...) and the kind of kit you would like (car kit, home kit...) and it gives you a list of everything you would need for that kit. Then, you can either purchase those items on the site as a package, purchase them broken down into groups or, this is my choice, print it out and buy them on my own. The prices aren't too bad, but there are cheaper alternatives.

All in all, the emergency kit generator creates a decent list and you allows for you gauge what else you might need or might have overlooked.

Check it out at http://www.shelfreliance.com/
 
 
While the page itself may be short on pics (ahem... ahem... catch my drift...) the writing is funny, insightful (in a drunken sailor sort of way), honest and funny.

Check out Life is too Short to Hate Cleveland.
i actually don't...